Windows 10: Group icons on the Windows Taskbar with Taskbar groups

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  1. GHacks
    GHacks New Member

    Group icons on the Windows Taskbar with Taskbar groups


    Taskbar groups is a new open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to create groups of icons on the taskbar. The main idea of the program is to bundle multiple shortcuts on the taskbar to save space on it. While that may not be required on large resolution systems, it may still make sense on these for productivity purposes.

    First thing you need to do is download the latest version of Taskbar groups from the project's GitHub website. You find the source code files on the project site as well in case you want to check it out or compile the program from scratch.

    Extract the Taskbar groups archive once it has been downloaded and run the executable file that it contains from the folder the contents got extracted to.

    Group icons on the Windows Taskbar with Taskbar groups taskbar-groups.png

    The interface is basic and simple to use. Select the "add taskbar group" option to create a new group for the taskbar.

    You may name the group and set a group icon for it. All that is left to do then is to add program shortcuts to the group. The process is a bit complicated as you need to select exe file types as these are the only ones supported by the program. Use the file browser to pick the executable files from the system, e.g. portable programs, to add them to the group.

    An option to select programs from the Start Menu or existing taskbar icons would be helpful; maybe that is coming in a future release.

    Hit the save button once you have added the shortcuts to save the configuration. You may create additional groups and associate different shortcuts with these. All data is saved to the program folder; it may be a good idea to move the application to a secure place on the device to avoid deleting it and its configuration accidentally as all shortcut groups are deleted in this case.

    The icons are not added to the taskbar automatically at this point. You need to left-click on the title in the program interface to open the new shortcut folder in Explorer. In Explorer, right-click on the folder and select the "pin to taskbar" option to add it to the taskbar.

    Group icons on the Windows Taskbar with Taskbar groups taskbar-groups-taskbar.png

    A left-click on the new taskbar icon displays all available shortcuts, and you may launch programs individually with a click on the application icon.

    Taskbar groups supports all taskbar layouts, e.g. on the side or top, and also multi-monitor setups.

    What is the purpose of the program?


    Taskbar groups has several purposes. Besides using it to bundle applications of the same kind, e.g. web browsers, image or video editing tools, or games, it may be helpful to bundle portable programs to the taskbar.

    While you can ad individual portable programs to the taskbar, using a program that makes available a group may be usefult o some users.

    Windows users who run low-resolution devices, e.g. a Surface Go device like I do, may also benefit from this as the taskbar has limited space on these devices.

    Closing Words


    Taskbar groups is a straightforward application that works well. It could use a number of usability improvements such as making it easier to add programs from the taskbar or Start to list, or adding an option to run all of the grouped programs with a click.

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  2. flycaster Win User

    Grouping Pinned Taskbar Icons

    For some unknown reason-as usual, when I opened windows 10, my taskbar was blank. I had no idea of the method I used in the first place, but I knew I wanted to arrive at my original taskbar arrangement. However, after some trial and error trying at a fix and Google searching, I came across Andy's post (which was new to me.) I was in luck as his method was the perfect answer as I already had my taskbar groupings in file explorer; so, it was a simple matter to just follow his placement instructions. After placing the group icons into the taskbar, I did have to move the groups around and also move the icons within the groups to mimic my original ordering.

    One of the benefits I noted was that the icons within the groups were "packed" closer together than if I had dragged shortcuts from file explorer and manually arranged them into groups. Due to the "packing," I now have 39 app and system icons in 6 groups and a nice sized space in the middle of the taskbar that shows minimized apps...all in one taskbar. Manually constructing the grouped taskbar would have required two taskbars! Great method, Andy, and thanks.
     
    flycaster, Dec 21, 2020
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  3. Grouping Pinned Taskbar Icons

    Thanks for the reply. I'll try to explain more. I have various apps/programs pinned to the taskbar. I used to be able to drag an icon for a program (e.g., Excel), and drop it on top of another icon (e.g., Word). Then those two would be inside a single "group" icon. When I would hover over that group icon, the individual icons within it would appear just above the group icon, and I could click on one of them to open that program. For me it was a nice way to organize the taskbar, particularly since I had/have lots of icons on it.
     
    John Nesmith, Dec 21, 2020
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  4. llandyw Win User

    Group icons on the Windows Taskbar with Taskbar groups

    Grouping Pinned Taskbar Icons

    Here's how I do my grouping. I have a place where I have folders that I use for groups. I place the icons I want in the group into the folder.
    Then I add it to the task bar by right clicking on the taskbar, go to Toolbars and Add New. I select a folder.
    Then I right click on the new toolbar and tell it not to show a title or text. This just leaves the icons.
    I adjust the position and size (taskbar must not be set to locked to do this), and once all are where I want them, I lock the taskbar to hide the adjustment handles.

    To add another icon, you can right click a portion where there's no icon, select Open Folder, then add another shortcut there. You'd have to readjust the size if you want all the icons to show.

    I currently have 10 groups. My taskbar is 2 lines high, and set to auto hide.

    Andy
     
    llandyw, Dec 21, 2020
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